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The Awards of Excellence recognize individuals in Austin who have made significant contributions to the cultural arts.
ANNOUNCING THIS YEAR’S AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS!
¡Felicidades! Congratulations! The ESB-MACC is honored to announce our Awards of Excellence winners for 2021.
These awards, which were established by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board in 2009, recognize those individuals in Austin that have demonstrated significant leadership and have made meaningful contributions in the Latino cultural arts.
The public will be able to view the digital recording of the awards ceremony and a slideshow of images and biographies of our awardees. Thank you to those who sent in nominations, and to our winners, thank you for your service to the ESB-MACC and the Mexican American/ Latino Community.
We look forward to honoring the 2021 winners at this year’s Awards of Excellence!
Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriquez
CATEGORY: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Dr. Angela Valenzuela
CATEGORY: THE ARTS
Mery Godigna Collet
CATEGORY: EMERGING ARTISTS
CATEGORY: ARTS EDUCATOR
Lydia Cdebaca Cruz
Dr. Tracey Flores
Local artists from various disciplines who have made significant & outstanding achievements in Mexican American/ Latinx cultural arts may be nominated for this award. Individuals who have made significant impact or distinguished contributions to the Latinx cultural arts in Great Austin Metropolitan Area may also be nominated.
(1) The Arts
Those working in any medium including visual arts, dance, music, theater, radio, TV, film, performing arts, and history.
(2) Emerging Artist
Those who have shown innovative and exceptional accomplishments in the Latinx cultural arts. Youth to 25 years old, those who are just starting their career, or those who are mid-career may be considered for this award.
Those who have exhibited outstanding service as a volunteer and/or employee in the Latinx Cultural Arts
(4) Arts Educator
Those who educate our community about Latinx cultural arts.
(5) Lifetime Achievement
Those who have demonstrated a lifetime of passion and dedication to the Latinx cultural arts.
Past Awards of Excellence Recipients:
John Estrada, Emerging Artist
Leticia Urieta, Arts Educator
Ender Martos, Visual Art
Ire'ne Lara Silva, Literary Art
Carrie Rodriguez, Music
Luis Guerra, Lifetime Achievement
Lesly Reynaga, Emerging Artist
Dr. Emilio Zamora, Service
Nancy Flores, Media Arts
Fidencio Duran, Visual Arts
Ruben Ramos, Music
Martha P. Cotera, Lifetime Achievement
Tomas Salas, The Arts
Edgar Yepez, Arts Educator
Hector Miranda, Emerging Artist
Gloria Mata-Pennington, Lifetime Achievement
Enrique Cruz, Patronage
Liliana Wilson, Visual Arts
Tomas Medina, Music
Toni Bravo, Dance
Hector Galán, Film
Rupert and JoAnn Reyes, Theater
Michael Anthony Garcia, Multidisciplinary
Nora Comstock, Patronage
Council Member Renteria, Service
Gerardo Arellano, Emerging Artist
Roberto Mendoza, Arts Education
Sylvia Orozco, Lifetime Achievement
Jaime Salvador Castillo, Emerging Artist
Paloma Mayorga, Emerging Artist
Mario José Troncoso, Emerging Artist
Frank Rodriguez, Service
Rene Renteria, Service
Dr. Andrés Tijerina, Lifetime Achievement
Ezekiel “Zeke” Robert Castro, Lifetime Achievement
Eugenio del Bosque, Service
Mary Gonzalez-Reyna, Music
Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez, Theater & Dance
Cynthia Pérez, Service
Ishmael Soto, Visual Arts
José Treviño, Visual Arts
Tiarra Girls, Emerging Artist
Telemundo Austin, Patronage
Claudia Zapata, Service
Alfredo Estrada, Patronage
Anthony Ortiz Jr., Emerging Artist
Austin Latino Theater Alliance, Arts
Raul Valdez, Lifetime Achievement
Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, Lifetime Achievement
Johnny Degollado, Lifetime Achievement
Gavin Garcia, Patronage
Luis Ordaz, Emerging Artist
Sam Z. Coronado, Arts
Maria F. Salinas, Lifetime Achievement
Simon Orta, Service
Robert Mezquiti's Pétalos is a permanent art installation at the ESB-MACC that serves as an award wall in which members of the Mexican-American Community are honored. Pétalos is a series of petals, each representing an equal part of our cultural fabric. Each individual petal honors a member of our community who has contributed significantly through service or art and holds a place for those who will continue to shape our culture in the future. Pétalos embodies the potential of infinity- only possible through the collection of continuous equal parts.